We love reading stories about far-flung, mystical destinations and nearby, nostalgic road trips. And we really love it when a seasoned travel pro tells us what she’s been reading!

Sandi McKenna is co-host, alongside Rick Griffin, of “The Midlife Road Trip,” an unscripted, reality-based food, travel, and adventure series that celebrates the idea of living life before it gets away from you. Rick is a southerner with a thirst for adventure while Sandi is a northerner who leans towards the luxe side of life. They both, however, firmly believe that daring to go where you’ve never been is perfect therapy for a midlife crisis.

Sandi says travel comes with long layovers, lengthy flights, and restless jet-lagged nights. So, having her favorite magazines on her tablet is not just convenient, it’s “a life saver.” Her favorite passing-time stories are about previously unknown destinations that promptly get added to her ever-growing bucket list. Here, she shares a few of her current favorites with you.

TripIt named the Midlife Road Trip website a “Must-Read” for 2014. Sandi and Rick host a weekly twitter chat, #NUTS, for Not-So Usual Therapy Session.

Sandi's Travel-Savvy Picks

Finding the Light on Monhegan Island

Coastal Living

About 10 miles off midcoast Maine and accessible only by boat, is tiny Monhegan Island, a favorite of artists who set their easels along the rocky shore. Quaint is an understatement. The village dots the harbor, with a schoolhouse, church, shops, a few inns, and a handful of places to eat.

Camping for First-Timers


I’m not much of a camper, I’m more of a Four Seasons kind of gal. But, this article said that Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, would make me love it. Chock full of photographs and tips to entice even the most unlikely, I found myself entertaining the idea of camping. Well, maybe glamping. ;-)

Untamed Ireland

Travel + Leisure

I have been tracing my ancestry and discovered my great-great paternal grandparents came over from Ireland. Since then, I’m fascinated with all things Irish. Here, one of my favorite travel writers, Andrew McCarthy, shows off his hypnotic story-telling. Get drawn in and transported to this wild and merciless land.

Baked Alaska

Outside Magazine

Alaska is in the top five of destinations I have visited. It is breathtakingly beautiful and, by U.S. standards, as remote as it gets. Aniakchak National Monument is the least-visited site in the National Park system, with a mere 19 visitors in 2012. It might just be the coolest place you’ve never heard of.

A Sip of Leelanau

Midwest Living

I’ve never been to Michigan. But, after reading about the more than two-dozen vineyards on Leelanau Peninsula, I quickly added it to my Bucket List. Drive scenic rolling hills and vineyards, stay at guest inns, sip wine and spirits in tasting rooms, and dine on locally inspired meals.

The Last Place on Earth

Bon Appétit

I love discovering places I’ve never heard of before, especially when they are accompanied by photographs so detailed you can almost taste the salt air. The Faroe Islands are compared to Land of the Lost, where tourists go for the birds and an end-of-the-earth vibe.

Great Southern Road Trip: Smoky Mountain High

Southern Living

Nothing conjures up more childhood memories than a summer road trip. This one, 295 miles from Greenville, South Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee, winds through the Appalachian foothills. This is a road-trip lover’s dream. Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. Just gas up and hit the highway.

Go. Explore: Best Spring Trips


Ski season may be over, but you don’t have to sit idle. Spring in Lake Tahoe has a plethora of activity. How about a full-moon snowshoe trek? Or, take a scenic drive on Old Route 40. Shop and gallery hop in historic Truckee. Sip and play bocce at Truckee River Winery. Or, my favorite, fly fish.